What is an X-ray?
X-ray is usually use to examine different parts of the body such as chest, pelvis, bone and abdomen for injuries, infection or abnormalities. It is a common type of medical imaging that produces images of the structures inside your body as X-ray beams penetrates through it. Dense materials, such as bone and metal, will appear as white on X-rays while Soft materials such as fat and muscle will show up as darker images on the film.
Common use of X-ray
- Diagnose bone and joint injuries and diseases
- Evaluation of heart, lungs and surrounding anatomy
Types of X-ray available
- Lower Extremities
- Upper Extremities
Items to bring?
- Any referral form,
- NRIC/Work Permit/Passport
- Any prior X-ray films or X-ray reports
No special preparation needed for general x-ray screening
- Is x-ray painful?
Ans: X-ray is not painful, however you may be asked to hold your body in certain positions which may cause some discomfort while the image is being taken.
- Is x-ray harmful?
Ans: Generally, the amount of radiation you are exposed to during an X-ray is low. The risk of getting cancer after being exposed to x-ray is considered to be very small too.
- Can I do x-ray if I am pregnant?
Ans: Please inform your doctor that you are pregnant before doing an x-ray as unborn baby are more easily affected by radiation than an adult. Your doctor may consider using another imaging test such as ultrasound instead.
X-ray facilities and services are available in our following clinics: Bedok, Jurong Point, Pioneer, Teban Garden, Taman Jurong, Tuas Amenity Centre.